Valentine’s Gifts for a Savvy Nana

Valentine’s Gifts for a Savvy Nana

 

Valentine
Image from onlyoneihave.blogspot.com

 

Nothing says “I Love You” better than a dozen long stem roses on Valentine’s Day right?  I suppose for some women it does.  Don’t get me wrong, a floral gift delivered to my office always makes my day, and I know that a gift of  dozen long stem roses on Valentine’s Days is impressive considering their inflated prices at this time of year.
Years ago, in my single life, I was tickled when boyfriends sent over a bunch of roses, it was romantic.  Over the years my husband has brought home all sorts of gifts on Valentine’s Day; some romantic, others I’d guess you’d say practical.
One year he came home with a weed trimmer so I could trim around my flower garden, definitely NOT romantic. To make up for his blunder the next year he came home with a truck load of flowers, there were roses, tulips, crocuses, and more, all in varying shades of pink and red.  He literally filled the house up with flowers!  This gift definitely screamed ROMANTIC, although I didn’t feel the same way the following week when I had to dispose of dead blooms and clean the house of fallen leaves and petals.  The year after he gave me a humongous box of chocolates, things were definitely looking up even though half the box went to waste when the candy got old.  I tossed them out around Halloween.
I think he finally found a balance and has gifted me with flowers, jewelry, nice dinners, and normal sized boxes of Godivas or Neuhaus chocolates.  These days all these gifts are definitely appreciated, but my favorites are the bling and the chocolates.  I’m still working on the big box of Godiva’s he got me for Christmas, but I figure I’ll be ready for a new box on Valentine’s Day.
What are your favorite Valentine gifts from your sweetheart?  And what would you like to receive this year?
Happy Valentine’s Day!
DIY Valentine’s Edible Bouquet & Arrangements

DIY Valentine’s Edible Bouquet & Arrangements

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Image from Midwest Living

We all “oooh” and “ahhh” over those cute candy bouquets, cookie bouquets, and fruit bouquets we see at shops and online.  They are pretty cute, but can be pricey.  I purchased one at the florists on my way to see my daughter-in-law and new born grandbabies at the hospital a few months ago, I paid a pretty penny for the smallest size.  I kicked myself for not having thought of making an edible bouquet myself.  I’m pretty sure I could have come up with something just as adorable if not better.

Now with Valentine’s Day fast approaching I thought it would be nice to put some together for friends and family.  I scoured the web for inspiration.  I was surprised to find that edible bouquets are not limited to candy, fruits, and cookies!  There are cupcake bouquets, rice krispy treat bouquets, and even meat bouquets!  I guess you if you can skewer any kind of food and stick it on a piece of styro foam you can turn it into a bouquet!
Here are some edible bouquets I found around the web, maybe you’ll see something that will inspire you to make an edible bouquet for your sweethearts this Valentine’s Day.
The adorable cupcake bouquet above is from Midwest Living.  Click here for instructions.
Here are more cupcake bouquets.  Click on the picture for instructions.
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cupcake Bouquet from Pillsbury

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cupcake Bouquet from Slap Dash Mom

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Rose Bouquet from Cake Central

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cupcake Bouquet from Crafts and Coffee

Here are some cookie bouquets.  I included meringue and macaroons here too.  Click on the images for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Valentine Cookie Bouquet from Woman’s Day

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Valentine Cookie Bouquet from Little Nanny Goat
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
A Bouquet of Raspberry Macaroons from Tartelette

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Meringue Pop Bouquet from Make Fabulous Cakes

Here are cake pop bouquets, they’re pretty creative!  Click on the images for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cake Pop Bouquet from Hollywood Candy Girls

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Strawberry Shortcake Cake Pop Bouquet from Cake Central
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Flower Cakepop Bouquet from Hot DIY Tutorial
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cakepop Bouquet from Swanky Chic Fete

Here are some Marshmallow and Rice Krispy Treat Bouquets.  Click on the image for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Marshmallow Roses Bouquet from The Marshmallow Studio
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Chocolate Dipped Marshmallow Bouquet from The Laws of My Life

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Chocolate Covered Rice Krispie Treat Pops Bouquet from The Lush Nest

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Marshmallow With Pearls Bouquets from Pandora’s Box

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Cupid Marshmallow Bouquet from Barnes Yard

Here are Candy Bouquets, as you can see you can use just about any kind of candy.  Click on image for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Valentine Candy Bouquet from Edible Crafts

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Milkshake Bouquet from The Confessions of a Budding Baketress
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Gumball Flower Bouquet from Not Just A Mommy
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Lollipop Bouquet from Organized Chaos
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Candy Bouquet from Fave Crafts
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Candy Bouquet from Love This Pic
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Chocolate Flower Bouquet All Day Chic

A healthier alternative would be these fruit and veggie bouquets.  Click the image for instructions.

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Edible Arrangement from Sweet Tooth

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Strawberry Roses Bouquet from Food Viral Creek

 

YouTube Tutorial for making Strawberry Roses
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Dipped Strawberry Bouquet from Tastes Better From Scratch

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Veggie Bouquet from Super Healthy Kids
If your sweetheart is a meat eater here are some meat bouquets. Yes you can make bouquets with bacon, sausage, cold cuts, and other meats.  Click on the image for instructions.
DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Bacon Roses Bouquet from Instructables

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Meat and Cheese Bouquet from Photo Appetite

 

DIY Valentine's Edible Bouquet
Ham and Cheese Bouquet from e-bento

Last but not least how about a booze bouquet?  Click on image for instructions.

Edible Bouquet
Booze Bouquet from Celebration Generation

 

Edible Bouquet
Booze Bouquet by Food Beast

Follow my Valentine board on Pinterest for more Valentine projects.

Conversation Hearts Valentine Treats Round-Up

Conversation Hearts Valentine Treats Round-Up

Valentine Treats
Image from Hungry Happenings

We all remember Conversation Hearts or Sweethearts, those sugary heart shaped wafers with cute Valentine saying imprinted on top.  We’ve given and received boxes of them throughout our childhood.  Conversation Hearts are an iconic symbol of Valentine’s Day.  They’ve been around since 1901, the sayings have changed over the years to keep up with the times.  But no matter what the words say the heart shape, colors, and flavors have stayed the same.

These days the candies aren’t limited to the boxed Valentine treats that have become classroom staples.  They’ve morphed into Valentine’s Day decor, cards, and treats.  They’re used in vases, as cake toppers, and have been replicated to use as streamers, cards, cookies, and more.  In short in the month of February Conversation Hearts are everywhere!

Here’s a round-up of Conversation Heart treats you can make and share with friends and family.
They all look cute and are definitely yummy!  Enjoy!

Learn how to make Hungry Happenings’ Conversation Heart Pinata Cake pictured above here.
Here are other treats from Hungry Happenings, click on the image for the recipe and instructions.
These 3 images are from Hungry Happenings.

Valentine Treats
Conversation Heart Pastries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine Treats
Conversation Heart Cheesecakes

 

Conversation Heart Pink Chocolate from Smart School House.
Click here for recipe and instructions.
Here are two treats from Gimme Some Oven.  Click on the image for recipe. Both images are from Gimme Some Oven.
Valentine Treats
Valentine’s Popcorn
Valentine Treats
Strawberries & Cream Cake

 

Valentine Treats
Image from Two Sisters Crafting
Easy to make Candy Heart Pretzel Bites from Two Sisters Crafting.
Click here for instructions
Valentine Treats
Conversation Heart Brownies from Bake Your Day.
Click here for recipe
Valentine Treats
Image from Annie Eats
Conversation Heart Cookies from Annie Eats.
Click here for recipe
Follow my Pinterest Valentine board for mor Valentine ideas and inspiration
Valentine Mason Jars – FREE Printables

Valentine Mason Jars – FREE Printables

Folks who have been following my posts know that I have recently developed an obsession with jars, particularly Mason Jars.  I love them because they are so versatile, you can use them for almost anything; vases, drinking cups, storage bins, food containers, and even lights.  You can use them everywhere in your house and even use them to gift packaging.  Last Christmas I used Mason Jars as vases, snow globes, and for my homemade gifts in a jar. I’ve rounded up some cute Valentine Mason Jar projects to inspire you.

Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of Plaid Online

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Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of Chic Tags

Vintage Candy Jar from Chic Tags, fill it up with the your choice of treats.

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Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of Studio 404

Distressed Jars from Studio 404

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Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of Decor Chick

Heart Jars from Decor Chick can be used to hold just about anything.

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Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of The 36th. Avenue

Valentine Candy Jars instructions and FREE printable tags from The 36th. Avenue

Click here for pink jar instructions

Click here for red tag printables

Click here for gold jar instructions

Click here for Forever Love

Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of The 36th. Avenue

tag printables

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Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of Lights.com

Adorable jar lights by lights.com  use LED string or tea lights

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Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of My Little Me

Mug Cake mixes in baby food jars from My Little Me.  Make up a bunch for a gift basket.

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Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of The Real Coake Family

DIY Apothecary jars by The Real Coake Family

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Valentine Mason Jars

Courtesy of Revlie

I love this idea from Revlie, a forest of felt hearts!

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Check my posts for more Valentine crafts, treats, and ideas!

DIY Boy Valentine ideas

DIY Girl Valentine ideas

DIY Valentines for Men

DIY Valentine Mailboxes

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Crafts & Supplies at joann.com!

DIY Valentine Mailboxes – FREE Printable

DIY Valentine Mailboxes – FREE Printable

Mailbox
Image from Save the Home Mommy

Now that you and the kids have made all those great Valentine gifts to share with friends you’re going to need a a container for them.  The first week of February teachers usually have their students make a Valentine box to store all the Valentines they will be exchanging with each other.  We did this last year for my grandsons.  The box holds the Valentines they will be sharing with their classmates and will hold the ones they receive.

Here are some fun and creative boxes your kids can make.  There are some printables you can use too!  (To make the cute mailbox by Save the Home Mommy seen above click here)
Mailbox
Image from ehow.com
This cool Robot mailbox from ehow.com can work for boys and girls – just use less “girly” colors for the boys.
Instructions here!
Here are 4 cute recycled projects from Plaid Online using cardboard or cereal boxes.  Click on the image for FREE directions.  You can also purchase supplies from Plaid Online, but you don’t have to.
All images are from Plaid Online 
Mailbox
Cereal box Valentine Holder
Mailbox
Little Owl

 

Mailbox
Yellow Submarine

 

Mailbox
Panda
Mailbox
Love Ninja Mailbox 
Love Ninja or Sweetheart mailboxes are made using the printable
Mailbox
Sweetheart Mailbox
and instructions from A Bird And

A Bean.

Sweetheart printable click here  
Mailbox
Image from My Party Bug
Your swashbuckling buccaneer will be proud to take this pirate ship to school.
Learn how to make it on My Party Bug
Mailbox
Image from Blackberry Vine
This Lego Darth Vader Box from Blackberry Vine will please any Star Wars fan.
Mailbox
Image from Plaid Online
Your little princess can place her Valentines in her Frog Prince box from Plaid Online.
Click here for instructions
Mailbox
Image from Mommy Lessons 101
Older kids may prefer something more “grown-up”.  This
iPod box from Mommy Lessons 101 might just do the trick.
You can change up the color for boys.
Click here for instructions
Mailbox
Image from Peppermint Plum
Here’s another alternative that may appeal to older kids.  Meet Rubie by Peppermint Plum
Click here for instructions
Mailbox
Image from Make It Do
Here’s a cute and easy project from Make It Do.  You can make this birdhouse box if you’re pressed for time.
Click here for instructions
Mailbox
Image from Last Minute Mel
The girls might not go for this monster box by Last Minute Mel, but the boys will love it.
Click here for instructions
For more Valentine’s Day ideas check out my Valentine board on Pinterest!
For Boy Valentine ideas click here
For Girl Valentine ideas click here
DIY Valentines For Girls to Give – FREE Printables

DIY Valentines For Girls to Give – FREE Printables

Valentine gifts

Image from Mom On Timeout

It’s February and that means Valentines Day.  Every year we look for Valentine crafts that the kids can share with their class. My 2 grandchildren old enough to go to school are boys so we are always looking for “boyish” Valentines for them to share. Check out my post DIY Valentines for Boys to Give for “boyish” Valentine ideas.

Last fall we were blessed with twin grandbabies and one of them is a girl! (I have 5 grandchildren – 4 boys and 1 girl)  I’m so excited to finally be able to shop and craft for a little girl again.  Although baby Harper is barely 5 months old I’ve started to collect Valentine crafts that are “girly girly”.
Here’s a round-up of Valentines that every little girl will love to make and share, some of them even have FREE printables to use on your projects with your little princess.
Valentine gifts

Image from Mom on Timeout

Every Diva will be proud to wear these Bling Valentine Rings from Mom on Time Out.  They’re made with pipe cleaners and Hershey Kisses.

Click here for instructions.

Valentine gifts
Image from Stuff Parents Need

This Jelly Bean bracelet from Stuff Parents Need is not only adorable it yummy too!

Click here for Instructions.

Valentine Gifts
Image from The Decorated Cookie

Another cute and yummy Valentine are these Marshmallow Love Bugs from The Decorated Cookie.

Click here for instructions

Valentine gifts
Image from Fiskar

Tweeny girls will love to make these Pop Rock Valentine by Fiskar.

Click here for instructions

Valentine gifts
Image from Skip to My Lou

Skip to My Lou’s Butterfly lollipop holder cards are easy to make and would make great class gifts.

Click here for FREE printable and directions

Velentine gifts
Image from the idea room

These Valentine Lollipops from The Idea Room are easy and yummy!

Click here for instructions

Valentine gifts
Image from Tatertots & Jello

I love this easy and inexpensive idea and FREE printable tags from Tatertots & Jello.  Fill a dollar store clear pouch with candy, lip balm, nail polish, or other trinket, stick on a tag, and give them to your teen or tweeny.  The girls can put together pouches to give their friends.

Click here for FREE printable links

Valentine gifts
Image from Bubbly Nature Creations

These Valentine Sprinkle Jewelry from Bubbly Nature Creations are also great gifts for teens and tweenies.  The girls will have a blast making them for their friends.

Click here for instructions

For more Valentine’s ideas follow my Valentine board on Pinterest!